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Open borders, open opportunities: implications of Kenya's new visa policy

Kenya's visa-free policy will be discussed in the context of efforts towards regional integration and a borderless Africa.

In January, Kenya launched a new visa policy to enhance economic growth, cultural exchange and regional solidarity by facilitating easier entry into the country. Kenya could benefit from better regional integration and increased tourism and business. However, there have been challenges with the rollout, and concerns have been raised about national security and public service provision.

This seminar will explore the new policy's economic, social, and security implications and potential impact on African integration and development.

This event is co-hosted by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC).

Moderator: Dr Margaret Monyani, Senior Researcher, Migration, ISS


  • Prof Linda Oucho, Executive Director, AMADPOC, Kenya
  • Dr Nancy Adossi, Senior Liaison Officer with the African Union on the Free Movement Protocol, International Organisation for Migration
  • Davis Nyagah, global Mobility and Immigration Lawyer
Development partners
This seminar is funded by the government of the Netherlands. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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